List of people who have run across Australia
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People who choose to run across Australia can choose to run from either of the geographical extremes of the continent, or from directly opposed cities on opposite shores. The western-most geographical extreme of Australia is Steep Point, whereas the eastern-most extreme is Cape Byron. Similarly, the northern-most geographical extreme is Cape York Peninsula, and the southern-most is the South East Cape. The distance between the east and west as the crow flies is 4,030 km (2,500 mi), or 3,685 km (2,290 mi) from north to south†. The western-most capital city in Australia is Perth, and the eastern-most capital city is Brisbane. The northern-most city is Darwin, and the southern to the southern-most city is Hobart.
Runners who choose to circumambulate Australia can follow the National Highway for large sections of their journey. Distances involved are in the vicinity of 14,300 km (8,900 mi) depending on the route taken.
†Distance calculated utilising the resources of Geoscience Australia.
The names of the individuals who have run across Australia have been listed below in chronological order. Sources for data contained within this table have been listed within the body of the article, or where not readily available, directly from the individual concerned.
|Name||Nationality||Start date||Finish date||Duration||Starting location||Finishing location|
|George Perdon||Australia||August 1973||1973||47 days||Fremantle||Sydney|
|Tony Rafferty||Australia||August 1973||October 1973||74 days||Fremantle||Gold Coast|
|Ron Grant||Australia||1983||1983||217 days||Brisbane||Brisbane|
|Sarah Covington Fulcher||United States||22 September 1986||26 December 1986||96 days||Bondi Beach||Fremantle (Perth)|
|Serge Girard||France||24 September 1999||9 November 1999||47 days||Perth||Sydney|
|Jesper Olsen||Denmark||31 October 2004||11 February 2005||104 days||Sydney||Perth|
|Achim Heukemes||Germany||2 April 2005||14 May 2005||43 days||Fremantle||Sydney|
|Deborah De Williams||Australia||27 March 2010||8 May 2011||408 days||Hobart||Hobart|
|Remi Camus||France||15 October 2011||19 March 2012||100 days||Melbourne||Darwin|
|Cesar Guarin||Philippines||31 October 2011||6 December 2011||37 days||Melbourne||Brisbane|
|Patrick Malandain||France||13 October 2013||20 November 2013||38 days||Sydney||Fremantle|
George Perdon ran across Australia during the 1973 Trans-Continental Run, completing the 4807 km journey in 47 days, 1 hour and 54 minutes. He averaged 100 km per day, and set records for 1,000 miles (1,600 km), 1,500 miles (2,400 km), 2,000 miles (3,200 km) and 2,600 miles (4,200 km).
George became a household name in 1973 when competing in the 1973 Trans Australia race and racing his rival - Tony Rafferty. George was unable to get time off work at the appropriate time and missed the official start, giving Rafferty one week’s head start before heading off from Fremantle. Perdon was to end up beating Rafferty into Sydney by a day. They took slightly different routes during the run, causing the run to generate front page headlines for a majority of the journey.
George died on 29 June 1993.
In 1972, Tony Rafferty became the first man to run from Melbourne to Sydney, pioneering ultra-distance running in Australia. He was also the first man to run from Perth to Adelaide, Adelaide to Brisbane, Melbourne to Brisbane and Sydney to Brisbane. In 1978, he became the first man to run from Melbourne to Sydney and return. In August to October 1973 Tony became the first person to run from Fremantle to the Gold Coast, and in the process became the first person to run across the Nullarbor Plain. He completed the run in 74 days.
Tony has received many commendations for his achievements. Most notably, he was a Torch Bearer for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and the recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2002 for services to Ultramarathon Running and the promotion of Community Fitness.
In 1983, Ron Grant ran 13,383 km around Australia in 217 days. Ron completed the run in an anticlockwise direction. Starting in Brisbane, he then proceeded to Townsville, Mt Isa, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, then back to Brisbane. He maintained an overall daily average of 61.67 km, and was the first person to do it solo. Soon after this achievement, he was awarded the Queensland Sportsman of the year Award in 1983, Queenslander of the Year in 1984, and the Order of Australia in 1984.
Sarah Covington Fulcher
The first woman to run across Australia, at age 24, from North Carolina, USA, running 2,727 miles (4,389 km)east to west from Bondi Beach, NSW to the western suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, 22 Sept to 26 Dec 1986. Fulcher describes her journey through remote areas in an interview with Bryant Gumbel on NBC's Today Show. “Sarah Fulcher set her incredible record one marathon at a time. It was an unparalleled feat that will take a heck of a commitment to beat. During her record run, Fulcher averaged 10 minutes per mile." "This would also make her the youngest person (at that time) to make any transcontinental run."
Sarah also set the Guinness world record for longest continuous solo run with a distance of 11,134 miles in 438 days. "Sarah Fulcher, an attractive, brightly-smiling, 25-year-old native of Winston Salem, N. C., jogged through Sequin this week on her way back to Laguna Hills, Calif., near Los Angeles, from where she began her 11,000 mile run…the world’s longest, continuous solo run in history. "Fulcher has been recognized by untold news organizations and government organizations including the Connecticut General Assembly Permanent Committee on the Status of Women's (CTPCSW)publication Selected Highlights of Women's History (page 38) and the United States Congressional Record in a "Salute to Sarah Covington Fulcher".
Robert Garside is a British runner who ran through 29 countries on six different continents covering more than 48,000 km and covering a period of 2,062 days. He started and finished in New Delhi on 20 October 1997, and finished on 13 June 2003. He had completed his Australian leg of the run by April 2000.
Serge Girard ran from Perth to Sydney in 1999, covering a distance of 3,755 km in 46 days, 23 hours, 12 min and setting a world record in the process. The world record remained intact until beaten by Achim Heukemes in 2005.
Jesper Olsen is a Danish marathon runner who ran across Australia as part of his first journey around the world. He departed from Sydney on 31 October 2004, and arrived in Perth on 11 February 2005. He completed the journey in 104 days, before proceeding onto Los Angeles to complete the American leg of his run around the world.
Achim Heukemes (born 1951 in Wuppertal, Germany) is an ultramarathon runner known for his 4,568-kilometre run through Australia. He started from Fremantle on 2 April 2005 and finished in Sydney 43 days, 13 hours and 8 minutes later. By this feat, he beat the previous world record of Serge Girard from 1999.
Remi Camus ran across Australia, Capital to Capital, Melbourne to the Top End, Darwin. He covered his journey in 100 days at an average of 54 km per day ( more than 5300 km ). He completed his journey with no vehicle support, pulling a trailer of 45 kg. He went to visit 2 Aboriginal Communities, Docker River located 182 km west of Kata Tjuta and Mutitjulu located behind Uluru. He recorded his journey with 2 video cameras. He also raised money for a charity, Syndrome of Lowe, a genetic disease that affect mostly boys.
Cesar Guarin ran across Australia in 2011, as part of his Global Run for an advocacy to help Filipino children experiencing poverty. His run across Australia was the fifth leg of his Global run and has a total distance of 2053 km from Melbourne to Brisbane. The Australian run hoped to raise $200,000 funds.\
Deborah DeWilliams successfully walked around Australia in 2003-04, and set a world record for the longest walk by any woman in the process. On 25 October 2008, she began running from Hobart in an anti-clockwise direction to raise funds for the national breast Cancer Foundation. She made it to Darwin before being injured, and was subsequently forced to withdraw from the run on 5 June 2009. On 27 March 2010, she restarted her run again from Hobart and successfully circumambulated the continent on 8 May 2011. In doing so, she set another Guinness World Record for the Longest Continuous Run By A Female and became the first woman to run around Australia.
Patrick Malandain (born 1960) ran across Australia from Sydney to Fremantle (Perth) during the 2013 Trans-Continental Run, completing the 3861 km race in 38 days, 12 hours and 58 minutes. He ran average 100.177 km per day. He breaks Achim Heukemes's record since 2005.http://patrickmalandain-ultrarun.com/. It's the new world record.
The following list provides links to people currently running or planning to run across Australia. Only reputable sources have been referenced, in so much as there is proof the individual has commenced the journey, or a reputable charity or organisation has sanctioned a fund-raising event.
|Name||Nationality||Start date||Starting location||Finishing location||Benefactor (if raising for charity)||Cited references|
|Mark Allison||British||16 October 2013||Cottesloe Beach, Perth||Bondi Beach, Sydney||The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children's Foundation||www.rungeordierun.com|
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- "Speaker Tony Rafferty". Retrieved 2011-03-28.
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- "A History of the Marathon Race — 490 B.C. to 1975". Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- "Ron Grant". Retrieved 2011-03-21.
- "World Harmony Run: 75 Ron Grant". Retrieved 2011-03-21.
- Russell, A. (1988). The Guinness Book of Records with Australian Supplement. Enfield, England: Guinness Books, pp. 350-351
- Kevles, B. (1989, March). The longest run ever. Women’s Sports and Fitness Magazine, 11(2), 67
- Morris, D (2011). Sarah's Long Run: Highlights from Sarah Covington Fulcher's World's Record Longest Run. Jamestown, North Carolina: Crazy Feathers Publishing, p. 14
- Matthews, P. (1989). The Guinness Book of Records 1990. Enfield, England: Guinness Books, pp. 298-299.
- Gossett, G. (5 June 1988). It’s a very big run for a slip of a girl. Sequin-Gazette-Enterprise, p. 1A
- Lowery, B. (15 May 1989). Salute to Sarah Covington Fulcher. United States of America Congressional Record Proceedings and Debates of the 101st Congress. First Session (135) 61.
- "Around the world in 2040 days". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 March 2007. Retrieved 2011-04-04.
- "Earliest Run around the World". 27 March 2007. Retrieved 2011-04-04.
- Gutman, Steven (6 April 2000). "Around the World". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- "Trans Australia". Retrieved 2011-05-21.
- "Serge Girard Attempting Trans-Australia record". 6 September 1999. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
- Berkow, Ira (27 October 2005). "Global run tries soles of one man". New York Times. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- "Route Info - Part 4 - Australia". Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- "Progress map". Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- "Jesper Olsen Completes Australian Leg of World Run". 7 September 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- "Achim Down Under (2005)". Retrieved 2011-05-28.
- Norris, Megan (2012). Running Pink. Five Mile Press. ISBN 9781743006894.
- "Run Geordie Run". Retrieved 2013-09-05.